Hello and welcome to the March 2007 Immigration Newsletter!
Comes April every year and the discussion on H-1B visas seems never ending!! This month the buzz on the Immigration Front is needless to say on the H-1B’s and the prediction on how soon the quota would get over? Last year the quota of 65,000 H-1B’s got over by the end of May. Like every year, the petitioning for H-1B’s would start on the 1st April 2007, but 1st April being a Sunday, the processing would start only from 2nd April 2007. One thing is for sure the H-1B’s would surely sell like hot potatoes this year!
Apart from the H-1B front, the USCIS has made lot of changes at the immigration end too; they have revised the form for EAD and have announced direct filing instructions for form I-129 and form I-539. The U.S. has begun a ferocious debate over immigration. Since, there may be more common ground between Congress and the President, as the Democrats who now control both houses, hopes are high that the reforms will actually become law this year. We will keep you abreast with the developments on this front in our subsequent issues of Immigration Monitor.
In this issue, we bring to our dedicated readers the last of our Attorney’s experiences during the Immigration Seminars and Workshops in India. From his diary entry we present his last event – A Question and answer round in the City of Nawabs (as they call it) – Hyderabad!! We were overwhelmed with the response generated by the readers on the experiences of the Attorney. We hope to bring the same in the near future too. Keep watching!!
After H-1B’s this season the next hot topic is H-2B visas, the Immigration Article in this issue throws light on the latest happening on the H-2B front. Don’t miss out!!! Keep sharing your immigration experiences with us so that we can include your experiences in our articles for the benefit of our other friends.
Adding further to our endeavors in bringing the one-stop global immigration service to all our readers, this month VisaPro has added immigration services to two more European countries. I invite our readers to visit our new Netherlands and Denmark websites for information and queries related to immigration needs for these countries.
Last month’s poll question seemed to have generated mixed reactions from our readers again. The opinion was equally divided. More than half of the participants believed that the fee hike by USCIS would discourage lot of people intending to immigrate to US and hence having an adverse effect. While some thought that this hike would not cause any change in the rate at which people immigrate hence not having any effect at all. This month we have an interesting question for you to express Your Opinion. So don’t miss casting your vote.
Tania Logan deserves all the Congratulations for winning last month’s Immigration Quiz. A significant number of participants confused on the fact that on a business conference, one may travel on a B-1 Visa and may also extend the stay if needed. Make sure you gear up and research well for this month’s question. Who knows, your name might feature in the next newsletter. All the Best!!
There are some exciting projects and country-specific websites in store for you. We will bring you a lot from the U.K. Immigration Front in the forthcoming issues. Let me know what you think of our initiatives. Stay tuned as we unfold for you the new additions and happenings in the coming year!
See you next month with a lot more noise from the Immigration World! Till then CIAO!!